Anvil Publishing Inc. is a local publisher that has been producing books since 1990. They have close ties to National Bookstore Inc., the largest bookstore and office supplies chain in the country. Anvil is the creator of a number of the textbooks that my schools used. Besides the almost 2,000 (and counting) titles they have, they also have gained the title of “Publisher of the Year” eleven times from the Manila Critics Circle.
Your book made me curious about that particular verse, causing me to read the whole chapter, and eventually the whole book. But that wasn’t the only effect it had on me. The cavalcade of seraphim and nephilim introduced me to the world of angelology, symbology, and numerous Christian legends. And I thought only the secular world had folklore.
“Give a book, get a book”
“Borrow a book”
“Please return the books on the shelves after reading.”
During the ten minutes we were there, I noticed that the silver stand of shelves was unmanned. Posters reminded people of the rules but no lone crew or professional guard to watch over the goings-on. There was an old man who, after finishing flipping through a novel, reminded a couple of the local kids who raided the collection not to bring any of the books home.
While there was a much nearer mall to the Museum of the Filipino People, I opted to go south than north. I had a particular craving and only one place could relieve it.
I took a jeep to Pedro Gil LRT station and alighted there. Then I walked all the way to Robinson’s Ermita. Once inside, I made a beeline to the topmost floor.
Hard as I try to remember when I last had Indian food, I couldn’t recall. All I knew was I wanted something warm, spicy, cheesy, and creamy on tender meat. That is why I was at New Bombay.
New Bombay interiors
New Bombay interiors
I asked for the Malai Murg Tikka. It was a set of big chunks of chicken placed on lettuce leaves. Topping it was a gracious serving of cheese. Alongside it were two choices of sauce: earthy green-colored cashew paste and a medley of Indian spices.
Truly, it hit the spot! Just what I needed.
Of course, I tried both sauces. I like the red one better. It had a medley of sweet and spicy that I prefer. While the cashew paste had a greater kick to it, what put me off was the texture. Predictably, I mixed both sauces and surprisingly they complemented each other.
My choice of drink is called the Almond Lassi. While itself is good—being nut-based, meaning earthy taste—I began to have too much earthiness in my mouth. I should have had something starkly different. Lesson learned!
Once dinner was over, I walked to my next destination. With each step, I was hoping there was still stock of it.
And there still was!
Rick Riordan released last week his brand new series, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard”. I have been a fan of his since I began “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” years ago. I love and adore “The Heroes of Olympus” and “The Kane Chronicles”. And I have good feeling about the new series’ first book, The Sword of Summer.
Sighting the book at National Bookstore was wonderful. But it was also painful because it was seated right next to another book I wanted to buy: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin.
If that wasn’t bad enough, I also saw other Riordan books Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes and The Demigod Diaries. I could only take so much heartache in one day. I needed to escape.
So with only one book in tow, I headed for the cashier and paid. But I knew, I would get my hands on them soon.
(This is Part Two of a Two-Part Post.)
New Bombay Fourth Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
National Bookstore Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
For me, that depends on what I have planned for the rest of the day. If there’s a meal involved later, I wait at a bookstore – so I don’t spend the money on food before I eat. If I’m just waiting to go somewhere else, I hang out at a book store – so I don’t spend money on anything else. And that was what I was doing at Fully Booked SM Mall of Asia: waiting for Rai.
Typically, I’m instantly drawn to the young adult section. But I was distracted. There was a detour sighted.
Coloring books for adults
Coloring books for adults
I thought these books were not going to be here until later this year. But they are here now! And that is just awesome. With them in my hands, I have more uses for my color pencils. My Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) list just got longer. And the MIBF is less than two months away!
And I just had to land my sights on this one!
Guillermo del Toro, how you tempt me.
Did I mention that my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer? I believe I have. If I haven’t, let me say it: my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer.
The thought of getting books that cheap made my mouth water. But that was just for a moment. Reality smacked me hard. Say that I do have the budget for this – and I do – would I have the time to rummage and haul them around in a seeming tight space? Every book fair, I lug around a load of books, which I love and loathe with the intensity of a thousand white suns.
Even if I am able to find a way to get around the place and bring them home, do I still have space in my shelf?
And the most important question: when would I get the time to read? As it stands, I no longer read during my commute. Hugely because I am not using the train to get to work. But that’s a whole other story.
It has made me wonder: what has been the cheapest book I bought? If I’m not mistaken, a small hardbound birthday book that was printed in 1963. And it belonged to a certain Barbara Witter.
Fantasy is where you find your happy place. Getting lost in a story about magical worlds and mythical creatures is what you love the most. Your friends will often find you zoned out and daydreaming, and your imagination and creativity is what you’re known for!
Movie: “Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman
The book, song, and movie speak about disregarding where the character is in his or her life and starting there, making a turn or going wherever to begin anew. They are odes to choices and homage to human potential, no matter the age, time, or place.
Have you ever been to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) on a Sunday?
Unless I am wrong, I haven’t—until last Sunday. I was scheduled to have lunch with fellow WordPress blogger-best friend extraordinaire Pam of “Life of a Cuddlebit” and her fiancé Kei. And when I got to BGC, there were lesser people there. I even came across closed shops, which were normally open on other days.
We picked Wolf and Fox Gastropub. Staff aside, we were the only ones there. Guess we’d have the bar’s undivided attention then.
Strange and fascinating art at Wolf and Fox Gastropub’s wall
See how empty it was!
After mulling over the menu, we gave the waiter our choices. Either we were talking a lot that time sped by or—because there were only three people to serve—they cooked our orders quite quickly. The Couple each had Caesar Salad. Kei picked out the bacon bits from Pam’s bowl and put them on his.
Kei wanted Roast Beef, which was roast sirloin with potatoes and mushroom au jus. We never heard any complaints about the beef or anything else on his plate, so I would guess that it was cooked to Kei’s delight. In retrospect, the potatoes were cut like fries.
Pam asked for Southern Fried Chicken. The two pieces of leg quarter looked crispy and, when she took a forkful, it appeared to be fried perfectly. It also came with rice and mushroom au jus.
I had a customized burger: US Angus Burger plus Fried Egg and Cream and Mushroom Sauce. When it came to me, it looked like a little tower created by stacking one ingredient on another. The patty was done perfectly; its juices oozed along with the broken yolk and sauce that was more cream than mushroom (not that it’s bad), which meant that I had a messy time with my food. My sole complaint of the place is that Wolf and Fox did not give us more than one tissue each.
US Angus Burger, Php 328.00; Fried Egg, Php 33.00; and Cream and Mushroom Sauce, Php 32.00
Saucy, soft, and stacked!
With lunch done, we went to mingle with the crowd. It was the annual Mabuhay Germany at BGC, so there German cars, airlines, food, beer, and songs at the park. Though we swore to not enter Fully Booked because—if we did, it’s likely that we wouldn’t leave—yet we still ended up going inside the store.
It’s Nobody and company!
Winter is in those pages.
Do you have a week?
As predicted, we spent 30 minutes just looking at paper and art supplies alone then 30 minutes more just at the Young Adult and Fashion sections. We dared not go upstairs because Starbucks waited there. It was tempting.
For a while, we walked and ran when crossing streets until we reached our next destination: Farmacy. While there were customers there, most of them were seated outside, which was where the tables were. We preferred sitting at the bar and be immersed in the experience of being in an ice cream and soda shop.
What else is there?
What does this contain? Ice cold water.
The waffle, syrups, and toppings table
A good view of the glasses shelf to our left
Various baked good
Available flavors etched in gold plates!
Pam and I went over to display of ice cream tubs. We asked to try flavors, from Chocolate Orange (rich cocoa and tangy fruit) to Moonshine (strong buzz for a little spoonful). In about 15 minutes, we made up our minds and 10 more minutes, our orders arrived.
Her fiancé chose Candied Bacon and Double Chocolate. A revelation came to him: bacon and chocolate can work together. His fiancée had Gianduja and Coffee Almond; as a medley, they result to a chocolaty coffee taste. Too bad her scoop had only one almond. Their friend picked the seemingly quirkiest: Lemon Custard with Blueberry and Strawberry. Farmacy didn’t skimp on any of the fruits but they weren’t as intense as I anticipated. And if I didn’t eat fast, I’d end with ice cream soup in my cup. Then again, lemon, blueberry, and strawberry soup doesn’t sound too bad.
Once we decided to go home, they thought of taking the bus with me instead of their usual taxi. I took them to the terminal and we quickly got our passes and had good seats. All the while, I thought it would take about 20 minutes to get from the mall to the train station but—because it was a Sunday at BGC—we got there faster than expected.
Wolf and Fox Gastropub
Ground Floor, Two Parkade, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Ground Floor, Netlima Building, 4th Avenue Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City